Tony Redington

Hard to be a pedestrian in Brattleboro

As a Burlington resident and veteran transportation-policy-development person, a few times a year I take a day excursion on the Vermonter using the discount rate to shop and enjoy Brattleboro.

But I find the lack of walkability an annoyance.

Every Main Street intersection involves a substantial wait at a stoplight - yet the town plan for the Putney Road commercial strip is for full conversion of signals to roundabouts with their typical five or six seconds delay for those using crosswalks. You can check that any time.

It turns out this is the 20th-anniversary year of the first cut roundabout analysis of all the town's major intersections, including from north to south, the intersection that became the Putney Road roundabout in 1999 to the Interstate 91 interchange.

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